Jose Mourinho 'would have left any other club but Manchester United'

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GETTY Diogo Dalot missed United's pre-season

In a odd press conference today at Carrington, Mourinho answered just a few questions and stayed for a short amount of time talking to journalists; presumably frustrated by speculation about his future after the defeat to Brighton on Sunday.

After a turbulent pre-season, the Portuguese tactician is reportedly under serious pressure from the Red Devils' board, which expects silverware this season.

There has been speculation that Mourinho's relationship with United's executive vice-chairman has become strained after key targets failed to arrive during the transfer window.

He has been linked with the France job, but his country's FIFA World Cup triumph in Russian Federation has ensured that Didier Deschamps will remain in charge.

Mourinho: Paul has to answer by his words.

'He's recovering really well, I think he can start training when we come back to England.

Q: When Paul Pogba comes out and says the attitude wasn't right after Brighton, how does that make you feel as a manager when you have this brilliant player that can be exceptional one week and the next week is so inconsistent? I write a variety of articles about football including historical articles, my take on current football issues and lists (i.e. 5 players who regretted leaving Manchester United). If you want any explanation about Paul's words you must get him and ask him.

And asked about the timing of the Tottenham game: "You have to play against 19 opponents at Old Trafford and away, you have to play against everyone, I don't know if it's the right time".

"You do the same when you win, when you win you have to move on and focus on what's next and imagine when you lose you have to do even more". I would like to play well and win.

"The fixtures were decided this way and we have to play Tottenham in the second match at Old Trafford and then we go away twice in a row Burnley and Watford, this is what it is".

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